Rocket News

October 2021

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A letter from your Principal

Royal Oaks Caregivers,


I hope this email finds you well. October is one of my favorite months. The change of the colors and the crisp, cool air after a hot summer is welcomed (at least for me). It is also the month where we (all Rockets) really start "hitting on all cylinders". It's fun to be a part of that acceleration of learning.


As the Principal of Royal Oaks, I often get asked "How is the year going?". My response is that each and every day here at Royal Oaks is getting better. We've had smoother starts to the year, but students, staff and caregivers seem to be hitting their strides now. We need to give each other a little grace, right, it's been a while since we've done school in person, full days, and still are dealing with a world pandemic. We're alright and as I mentioned each day is getting better and better. Thanks for all your support!


I look forward to the continued acceleration of our learners as we get back into "School Shape". What does this look like you ask? Well let me share what this looks like. We love to see students eager to learn and set goals, challenge themselves in goal setting, sustain the effort it takes to reach those goals and monitor themselves in how they do this. This is what it means to be a highly engaged learner who owns the learning process. I am happy to report that we are in the month where this takes off. September is all about starting to build relationships, establish routines, gather some baseline data to help us determine where students are in their learning, BUT October is "let's go month"!


Parent/Caregiver Conferences couldn't be better timed--Oct. 7 & 8 (or pre-arranged with your teacher). We are ready to join forces with you in supporting your Rocket! We look forward to meeting with you and discussing what this looks like as a team. We are excited for this year and the growth that lies ahead.


Thanks for all you do to support your child (and us). We appreciate it. Remember if you ever have any questions, please reach out. Your child's teacher is always your first point of contact and it doesn't have to be a parent/caregiver conference. Open lines of communication ALL year long is essential in order to help your son/daughter meet his/her goals.


Have a GREAT October!


Go Rockets!


Love,

Mr. Ackley

Rocket Run 2021

Thank you to everyone who made the Rocket Run a success!

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Blackboard Email from Mr. Ackley and ROSCO Board

Royal Oaks Caregivers,

Wow, what a great day we all had at last week’s Rocket Run! The weather and temperatures were perfect, caregivers of all ages showed up to cheer on our Rockets, and students were able to engage in an annual tradition that has become a very fun day here at Royal Oaks. The event is one of our biggest of the year that celebrates our community by bringing everyone together - students, staff, families - and cheering on our students as they push themselves to challenge themselves, to set goals, to be proud of their accomplishments, and to feel the power of being a part of a supportive, caring community.


We are so grateful for the support that our families have given to our school - from the hours of coordination, the volunteers, and all of you that were able to be with us to participate on the day of the event. We appreciate all you do to make this a great day! We know as our students grow up here in Sun Prairie, they will have fond memories of our day together last week.


We also know that the funds we raised as a part of this event are impressive! Thank you for your generous support of the students and teachers. The gift you have given us is recognized as one of the largest across our system - thank you!

This past year, ROSCO has been a part of conversations with other SCO leaders from across the district to identify how we can come together as a community to ensure that Every Child, Every Day has equitable learning experiences and outcomes. The funds raised at the Rocket Run will fund some amazing opportunities and resources for our students. We are also committed to ensuring that these funds will support our fellow family leaders in the work that they are doing to support students and staff across the district. We look forward to the continued work of our School Community Organizations (SCO’s) in creating systems to support ALL learners.


Just as our Rocket Run brought all of our families together, our ROSCO leaders continue to work with SCO leaders across the district to celebrate and support our entire community - we commend them and support them as they lead us to build collective goals that support Every Child, Every Day, to be proud of our accomplishments, and to feel the power of being a part of a supportive, caring community.


We are proud of the efforts of ALL Rockets. Thank you for all you do to make Royal Oaks a great place to learn and work.


Sincerely,

ROSCO Board and Royal Oaks Staff

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A letter from our School Counselor

Social Emotional Learning news from Ms. Olson, School Counselor

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Attached here is the Sun Prairie District Bullying, Cyber bullying, and Hazing Policy.

During the month of October and November, I will be teaching bully prevention to all Royal Oaks students using the Second Step Bullying Prevention Curriculum.

Bullying Definition: Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power. Bullying is when an individual is harming another physically, verbally, socially, or through the use of social media or on a device. Situations are considered bullying when it is repeated and continues when asked to stop.

Students will learn how to:

  • Recognize when bullying is happening

  • Report bullying to a caring adult

  • Refuse to let bullying to themselves and others

  • Be a Bystander who stands up and is part of the solution to bullying


Students will be bringing home a Home Link after each lesson. These Home Links will give you the opportunity to have family conversations on the topic of bullying.

Thank You!

Tammy Olson

Royal Oaks School Counselor

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ROSCO- All are Welcome

ROSCO (Royal Oaks School Community Organization) is our school’s parent group that supports the staff and students. Serving as the school’s booster club – they are a non-profit organization that functions independently of the school and the district. Any parent or guardian of a child at Royal Oaks can join. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.


2021– 22 Officers

President: Andrea Cecelia Roscorocket@gmail.com

Vice President: Adrienne Cowie Vprosco@gmail.com

Secretary: Diana McFarland, roscorocketsec@gmail.com

Treasure: Amanda Dean, roscofunds@gmail.com


2021-22 ROSCO Meetings (6:30 pm Science Room)

  • September 14, 2021
  • October 12, 2021
  • November 9, 2021
  • December - no meeting
  • January 11, 2022
  • February 8, 2022
  • March 8, 2022
  • April 12, 2022
  • May 10, 2022
  • June-No Meeting

A letter from your PBIS team

At Royal Oaks we teach students The Rocket Way, which is our five behavior expectations (Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self Control). Please take some time to have your child teach you or someone at home (grandparent, sibling, etc.) about how they show The Rocket Way at Royal Oaks. For more information, check out the PBIS section in your student handbook posted below.
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